Research group


The current partners of the PHRAGMITES group are presented below. In the past, the group collaborated with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Environment Canada, Gloco Inc., the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec,  Frontenac National Park, the Plaisance National Park and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Ministère des Transports du Québec

Transports QuebecSince 2003, the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) has been actively involved in common reed research with the PHRAGMITES group. The MTQ granted Claude Lavoie a first research contract of 150 000 $ (2003-2007) to study the spread of common reed along Quebec’s highways. In April 2008, the Ministry granted the team a second research contract of 201 800$ (2008-2010), which permitted Claude Lavoie and Jacques Brisson to initiate research on methods to halt the spread of common reed along highway right-of-ways through the use of competing vegetation. This contract has since been renewed (Jacques Brisson: 92 400 $) for 2011-2015.

Îles-de-Boucherville National Park

The Îles-de-Boucherville National Park is heavily impacted by the invasive common reed:  a large proportion of its wetlands are now composed of very dense reed beds, which are highly detrimental to activities in the park such as recreational boating. Many studies on the dissemination and genetics of the common reed, as well as its impacts on the fauna were carried out in this park. The park also faces the invasion of fallow fields by the common reed, potentially affecting large areas of the park. To address this threat, the PHRAGMITES group has begun experimental control and eradication measures. The park is contributing via a scholarship, technical assistance and the loan of material. The company SOLENO is also contributing via the donation of tarps.

Quebec City

Once surrounded by concrete, the shores of the Saint-Charles River were renaturalized between 1995 and 2008 by the city of Quebec. This work required important demolition, bank reprofiling and renaturalization efforts. Unfortunately, over the last few years, the invasive common reed has established small colonies along the river. This suggests that the huge work site benefited the common reed, which is an excellent colonizer of recently disturbed areas. To prevent further invasion, the PHRAGMITES group accepted a mandate from the city to create an elimination and control program. This project will permit the description of various elimination techniques (manual, mechanical, chemical and tarping), develop various mitigation measures, schedule the control measures, develop a follow-up plan and estimate the costs associated with the implementation of the program.


Programmes d'études

La Faculté

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